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Wisconsin

Marek Landscaping

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$18,616 Funded
$50,000 Target
13 days Time Left
20 Investors
$50,000 Min. Raise
$150,000 Max. Raise
60 mo. Term Length
7.5% Interest Rate
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Overview

Perch Point will be the new base of operations for Marek Landscaping's studio, shop, yard, and docks. Marek designs and builds ecological landscapes and ensures that they reach their full potential through our monitoring, research, and stewardship work. These works focus on water quality in upland and aquatic habitats. We are a team of scientists, designers, and contractors working in collaboration with a network of engineers, scientists, artists, artisans, and community leaders to bring the highest performance ecological systems online in landscapes specifically designed to regenerate and celebrate intact natural systems teeming with life. We work in natural areas, parks, trails, and waterfronts, for municipal, agency, tribal, non for profit, educational, commercial, and residential clients. We offer comprehensive land management and design services in a mix of digital and hand-drawn formats. We work in natural, locally, and sustainably collected materials (mainly stone and wood) to construct landscape systems that integrate stormwater infrastructure, soil management, and planting plans that use the native plants' best-suited site with the most diversity feasible, for the broadest ecological benefit. Ecological engineering, biomimicry, and biotechnical stabilization are hidden intricacies of the work. We build these landscapes with a combination of our own ecological artisans and subcontractors.

We are raising $150,000 at a 7.5% interest rate, paid over a 60-month term!

 

We are a design-build company that combines the disciplines of restoration ecology and landscape architecture. 

 

The Project

Perch Point will utilize the funds toward a down payment on a $3M construction loan for Marek Landscaping's new base of operations on Milwaukee's outer harbor. We will construct a 2,000 square foot design studio, an outdoor display courtyard, a 10,000 square foot assembly shop and warehouse, and a 1/2 acre outdoor material processing, staging, and equipment yard.

This project takes our operations to the highest level of efficiency. So far, our waterfront work has largely taken place via labor and resource-intensive landside operations. This facility will allow us to perform many of those operations from the water much more efficiently. We have projected a 30-50% operational savings to service our existing projects by water. Additionally, we forecast that demand and utilization will increase by up to 3 times by virtue of filling a niche that doesn't exist here now. There has never been a more important time for our work. Demand is growing rapidly due to increased needs for climate resiliency, shoreline stabilization, habitat restoration, and the desire for improved recreational access to our 3 rivers and Lake Michigan. We need to ratchet up our ecological restoration machine to meet the pace of habitat degradation and the effects of climate change. The new facility will optimize that operationally and help put holistic waterfront restoration on the map in the Freshwater Capital of the World. Our Port and our City is at the helm of positive change for our community. We want to bring our skills and knowledge to the table and help ensure that ecological diversity, cultural diversity, and economic opportunity lead that charge. Through the celebration of diversity, we reflect strength through resilience and an understanding that we are all more beautiful and purposeful together.

  • Downpayment on construction loan - $150,000

A site at the waterfront will allow us to fulfill the growing demand for bluff stabilization & waterfront vegetation management.

Business

History

Marek Landscaping started off in the early 1990s as a one-person operation out of a small (tiny) pickup truck installing residential native prairie gardens and caring for trees. Our first shop was based in a Victorian carriage house while the office was in Mike's one-room studio apartment. All of our design work was hand-drawn by Mike Marek up to that point. Soon after we were offered a lease by Lincoln Center of the Arts, an arts-based middle school that was part of Milwaukee Public Schools. We traded our office and studio space for teaching lessons on landscape design, horticulture, and soil science. That was a 14-year partnership and we eventually outgrew the space. We slowly added staff in the design studio, field, and added trucks and equipment as demand increased. Our reputation as problem solvers and place-makers grew and our projects increased in size and complexity. We added biologists and ecologists to our team in the mid-2000's adding consulting work and grant writing to our list of services. We've rented several spaces for our shop and studio and the last two were the first to have shop and office space in the same location. Facilities have often been the crux of our operating limitations.


We've always strived to balance ecological restoration with human needs and we recognized a need for more comprehensive design services that provide a conduit for ecological restoration integrating human use along with high-performance natural systems. We've practiced biomimicry, incorporating basic ecological functions in the landscapes that we design and build. That has grown from postage-stamp-sized projects in residential yards into a business that has built some of the most important urban natural areas in our region. Our practice has been refined to integrate ever-increasing levels of social equity, biological diversity, water quality, sustainable material use, low-impact construction methods, and intelligent landscape management. We have been practicing our science-based approach for over 25 years and the continued evolution of our designs, means, and methods, and stewardship is at the heart of our success.

Marek Landscaping worked to restore 300 feet of Milwaukee River shoreline and 3 acres of habitat within the Milwaukee estuary.

 

Future

Within the next three years, we are aiming to triple our gross revenue from $1M to $3M and maintain profits at 10%. To achieve that growth we are looking to add 8-11 employees with backgrounds in executive leadership, architecture, design, ecology, botany, biology, and construction.

Several planned projects will be constructed in close proximity to Perch Point within the next few years including the dredging and clean-up of legacy contaminants in our estuary area, a more than $400M project which will require seeding, planting, support work, and maintenance. There are several public boardwalk segments being added to the Riverwalk, several canoes and kayak launches and plazas are proposed, and the last remaining intact wetland will be cleaned up and restored. These in combination with our proposed public pier amenities adjacent to the site total $10's of millions in opportunity for our team. These new projects coupled with the existing niche we have in waterfront work highlight a time-sensitive opportunity. We feel uniquely suited to develop this site into a place from which restoration can take place at a pace and scale needed to harness and regenerate the ecological integrity of our region. Over the next 20 years, we see Perch Point and Marek Landscaping catalyzing a waterfront renaissance in a part of our city that is somewhat disconnected from its waterfront. Turning the public pier into a destination, a fishery, and a leading example of urban water stewardship represents our team's full capacity and this city's potential to celebrate and commune with its Great Lake.

Floating Islands technology along the Milwaukee River seeks to improve fish habitat and spawning patterns.

 

About the Owner

Mike Marek

Mike is a tree hugger who has an untiring drive to help heal our planet. For as long as he can remember he was most at home in the woods, next to a stream, or on the water studying how natural systems work. His desire to help heal the local forests, waters, and prairies are what motivates him. His passion to connect his community to nature and to create places where nature thrives and people can witness and celebrate its nourishing power is what has led him down the path of founding Marek Landscaping LLC and now Perch Point LLC, its new base of operations. Mike knew that he needed to work outside, he knew that a career steeped in science and the application of his midwestern work ethic was his calling. He never questioned his purpose or calling. A high school guidance counselor steered him to the Wisconsin DNR's Youth Conservation Camp. This was a paid position at a military-style camp where participants worked on trails, wildlife projects, fisheries projects, and studied the systems that they worked on. Mike thrived in that environment, the regimentation was good for him at 18. That's where he was introduced to Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, the most formative book of his life, among several. From there he went on to become the Assistant Village Forester for the Village of Elm Grove, the suburb that he grew up in. He went on to study Urban Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he ALMOST finished. With a year and a half to go for his degree, he decided to officially start the ecological restoration business that he had been working on for several years. Mike has established a reputation as an innovator, a creative leader, and an advocate for social and ecological change (often pairing those as inter-dependent and co-beneficial).

With a team of 12-15, Marek Landscaping has established some leading examples of how urban and rural lands and waters can be celebrated by people in harmony and kinship with Nature. He has worked throughout the Great Lakes, focusing mainly on our beloved Milwaukee area, the land of the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Potawatomi, Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge, Brothertown, and Ho-Chunk. Marek Landscaping is a design-build ecological consulting business with an incredibly talented and passionate team of designers, scientists, ecologists, and the construction crew. We team with architects, civil and geotechnical engineers, tradespeople, artists, and civic leaders to create the highest performance landscapes we can dream of together.

Mike founded Marek Landscaping first as a one-man operation in 1996!

Deal Summary

 Issuer

 Perch Point LLC

 Doing Business As

 Marek Landscaping

 Security Type

 Secured Loan

 Loan Purpose

 Down payment on a construction loan

 Offering Amount

 $50,000 - $150,000

 Interest Rate

 7.5% annually

 Payments

 Monthly, disbursed to investors quarterly 

 Maturity

 12 months interest only, followed by 48 months fully amortizing 

 Personal Guaranty  

 Mike Marek

 Security Interest

 2nd lien on assets of business (behind bank)

 Offered Portal 

 Honeycomb Portal LLC

 Offering Type

 Reg CF

 

Your Earnings Summary

If you choose to invest, you will make a one-time investment via ACH that will be transferred to a secure escrow account. If the campaign successfully reaches its target, the funds will be distributed to Perch Point LLC.

For more information on the mechanics of Honeycomb’s crowd investing platform, please review our Education Materials.

 Investment Amount   One-Time Fee  Potential Quarterly Return:
Interest-Only Period*
 Potential Quarterly Return:
 Amortization Period* 
 Potential Total Repayment* 
 $100  $2.85  $1.87  $7.25  $123.56
 $500  $14.25  $9.37  $36.27  $617.79
 $1,000  $28.50  $18.75  $72.54  $1,235.59
 $5,000  $37.25  $93.75  $362.68  $6,177.94

Your ongoing responsibilities from investing are limited. Over the life of the loan, you will receive a yearly 1099-INT, which is a simple tax document similar to what you receive for most savings accounts. *Individual payments may vary slightly based on rounding. Potential repayments include principal and interest; they do not include the one-time fee which is assessed when you make your investment. These amounts are calculated as a hybrid interest-only + amortizing loan, which means that there is a specified interest-only period followed by an amortization period. There are no prepayment penalties and Perch Point LLC may pay down their loan early, which may impact your earnings potential. Please note: returns are not guaranteed and investors could lose some or all of their investment.

Perch Point LLC pays as agreed. You will receive quarterly payments directly into your bank account. In the event of a default, you will be contacted by the administrative agent to manage the collections process on the investors' behalf.

 

How Honeycomb is Compensated

Honeycomb charges Perch Point LLC a $250 posting fee and a 6.0 - 8.0% loan origination fee based on the total amount funded.

Additionally, to cover expenses associated with each investment, Honeycomb charges a 2.85% investment fee capped at $37.25 per investor.

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